People come to dance from different backgrounds and social structures. With partner dance you can become physically quite close to somebody you've only just met. So it is important that you treat your partner with respect and make them feel as comfortable as possible.
'Treat others as you would have them treat you', is often a good guideline for social interactions however it doesn't always work well in intimate situations such as partner dance. There are instances where you may be feeling a lot more 'stimulated' than your partner, or your motivations for dancing and world domination may not be reciprocated by your current partner. So it is cordially suggested that following these guidelines will ensure that you are a popular dancer.
Keep an open mind ; don't presume that something didn't work because of your partner. If your partner does something unusual treat it as an opportunity to learn something new.
Verbal Interactions - How to win dance partners and influence them
Until you know your partners well, avoid the following as it is guaranteed to get you a 'label' and entered into the 'best avoided' category.
Safety - How to avoid a lawsuite
Don't presume that your partner is in perfect health; treat them with kid gloves until you know them well. Very often people have back/knee etc problems, or they may be wearing uncomfortable or restrictive clothing or their footwear may be unsuitable. ( Fashion has absolutely nothing to do with covering a body in a practical method.)
So don't dip or attempt somersaults until you're both absolutely in agreement.